Some U.S. police officers are saying that they are at war within the country they serve.
In an op-ed for The Hill on July 18, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke wrote that the murders of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Dallas "were not acts of domestic terrorism but guerrilla urban warfare against the police."
Clarke added: "The police, the men and women whom I as the Sheriff of Milwaukee County ask to put their lives on the line, are on the front lines of this war."
The leaders of Black Lives Matter have never called for attacking or killing police, but Clarke insisted they had:
The targeting of police for hate and for murder is by Black Lives Matter and their accomplices ... Groups like Black Lives Matter, blessed by the progressive left and, most recently, our own President [Barack] Obama, need to be exposed and condemned for their true aims: revolution.
Black Lives Matter organizers hold the same values of America’s age-old enemies, who have always fought the ideals of our Constitution and our nation. That they have now taken on as their costume a false concern for Black America only adds to their depravity.
Clarke went on to lament that Obama won't call Black Lives Matter "the enemy," and said that "ISIS, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street" have the "same revolutionary aim: take down the West, the philosophy of equality before the law, and replace it with their authority, their rules, their hate."
Black Lives Matter has called for an end to police brutality against African-Americans; Occupy Wall Street protested against the corruption in the financial industry that caused an economic meltdown in 2008.
"We fight back, and that comes by first describing the fight as what it is: guerrilla warfare," Clarke wrote.
Major Travis Yates of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Police Department, wrote an article on July 17 on his Law Officer website entitled: "This Is War."
Throughout his article, Yates repeatedly wrote, "We are at war!" and added:
All we have heard for the last few years is how cops are racist and our training isn’t right and we don’t need basic equipment like riot gear, helmets and armored vehicles and we all need to "soften" our uniforms. This is all pushed down our throats even more every time we have to use deadly force against individuals attacking us.
Yates also slammed "celebrities calling us murderers and even the president saying our profession has embedded racism."
Yates didn't say who the celebrities were or when Obama allegedly made the "embedded" comment, but he complained that Black Lives Matter was being "invited to the White House and given a voice despite violence breaking out all around them."
Yates later added a disclaimer:
Some have expressed anger because they assumed that I was advocating a war against a community or certain groups. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The article doesn’t say that or imply that but the article was vague in regards to the questions that many have asked...
The "war" that I speak about is against evil individuals that are preying on our law enforcement officers. I understand where that terminology could upset some and for that I apologize.
While Clarke and Yates opined about their various wars, police in Wichita, Kansas, sponsored a cookout with Black Lives Matter in a local park on July 17, reported KAKE.
"It's building those bridges, building those relationships, in order to prevent cases of excessive force from happening," Djuan Wash, of Black Lives Matter, told the news station.
"The time's come, we've got to rewrite the playbook on how we're doing business and really change the way we're doing things, but it takes two," Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay explained. "It takes all parties to come together to make a difference."
Ramsay took questions from the public during the cookout, and told them: "The biggest point that I want to make is that it starts with me, right? And I have set the tone that we are gonna treat people fairly and with dignity and respect, and it starts with me."